Lacy has had a very good, albeit quiet junior campaign with much of his production overshadowed by dynamic young running back TJ Yeldon. This was really the first season that Lacy has had been able to stay healthy enough to be a consistent back and so leaving now while his stock is highest makes perfect sense. He had a tremendous SEC title game and really showed the college football world what kind of next level potential he has.
Scouting snapshot-Lacy might be the most underrated running back in this entire draft. The Alabama defense and offensive line gets so much attention that people don’t realize just how good Lacy is. He’s got ideal NFL size, not so big as to be plodding and slow, but not so small as to not be able to take a hit. In fact it’s quite the contrary. His size and speed mix are exactly what NFL teams want to see. Lacy has also shown that he can catch the ball out of the backfield and has developed nicely as the season has gone on in pass protection.
Lacy shows excellent vision and patience working down the line and exploding when he finds a seam. At times he tends to run to contact rather than away from it and he’ll need to improve upon his decision making in that area at the next level. He isn’t going to wow scouts with video game-like agility or obscene 40 times, but he is the kind of back that will be drafted outside of the first round, likely mid to late 2nd or even into the early 3rd and see snaps early on. It certainly helps that he played in such a pro style offense and it also helps that he was so productive in the toughest conference in all of college football.
I think this was a smart move by Lacy to declare now because it appears as if there is going to be a mass exodus of underclassmen leaving this team and it might be better to get out now and let Yeldon take the reigns.